We have a rich, broad and balanced curriculum based on the needs of the pupils and well-founded research evidence of what works well. It reflects the unique, rural and historic nature of our schools and the local environment. The learning is memorable and meaningful for the children. It has been carefully sequenced with frequent opportunities to revisit key concepts and secure long-term learning. We are ambitious for all our children and no ceiling is placed on any child's academic potential.
Early Years Foundation Stage
Our youngest children follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum (0-5 years) which is based around three prime areas of learning: communication and language; physical development; personal, social and emotional development, and four specific areas of learning which include literacy; mathematics; understanding the world; and expressive arts and design. These areas provide an excellent foundation and smooth transition into Year One.
The development of secure reading skills is prioritised by everyone at our schools. All children in Reception and Key Stage One receive daily phonics teaching. We use the Read Write Inc reading and writing scheme. If children entering Key Stage Two still need support with their phonics, we put carefully targeted 'catch-up' teaching in place.
Reading for pleasure is given high status to ensure that children enjoy the magic of stories, poetry and information books. We ensure that children hear adults read aloud every day, and we promote a culture that values high-quality texts.
Reading skills are further developed through whole-class reading and fluency sessions in KS2 with a clear focus on teaching the skills of 'Explanation', 'Retrieval', 'Inference' and 'Choice'. We encourage children to read regularly in school and at home - helping to develop their confidence, comprehension skills and fluency further.
We use the Lighthouse Schools Partnership Primary Schools Assessment principles and procedures for English and Maths.
Religious Education - We follow the Somerset Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education entitled, ‘Awareness, Mystery and Value’ and 'Understanding Christianity'. This area of learning develops children’s knowledge and understanding of the nature of religion and belief. Although Christianity has a central place in the RE curriculum we also study other principal religions, religious traditions and world views, in the context of a diverse society.
PSHE: We use the Jigsaw Scheme of Work
Spanish: We use a specialist language teacher and the Language Angels scheme of work
Music: The Charanga scheme of work